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BA - Population Studies as a major

If you’re fascinated by the history and creative activities of humankind and how this shapes societies and our future, then a Bachelor of Arts (BA) is for you. Our graduates are in demand for their flexible skills, practical outlook and depth of understanding they bring to their roles.

Learn about Population Studies through the National Institute for Demographic and Economic Analysis at Waikato and gain a solid, research-led understanding of the population issues facing developed and developing countries, with a particular emphasis on the South Pacific.


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Key information

Years: 3
Points: 360
Start Dates: Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Fees (Domestic): $6,117-$7,132 per year
Fees (International): $24,425 - $31,795 per year
Entry Requirements: Undergraduate International
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*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

Career opportunities

  • Health Sector Analyst
  • Merchant Banker
  • Policy Analyst
  • Social Sciences Researcher

Degree Planner

Population Studies is concerned with the empirical analysis of population structure and trends. The undergraduate programme complements and supports other subjects in the university that are concerned with population by providing training in core concepts, methods and issues.

Population Studies is available as a major for the Bachelor of Arts and the Bachelor of Social Sciences. Population Studies may also be taken as a second major or as a minor within other undergraduate degrees, subject to academic approval of the Faculty or School of Studies in which the student is enrolled.

To complete Population Studies as a single major, students must gain 135 points from papers listed for Population Studies, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must include GEOGY101, SOCIO101, POPST201, SOCPY201, PSYCH211, GEOGY301, POPST302, POPST360 and SOCPY301.

To complete Population Studies as part of a double major, students must gain 120 points from papers listed for Population Studies, including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must include GEOGY101, SOCIO101, POPST201, SOCPY201, PSYCH211, POPST302, POPST360 and SOCPY301.

To complete a minor in Population Studies, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Population Studies major, including POPST201, and at least 15 additional points above 100 level.

100 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
GEOGY101People and Place20B (Hamilton), 20B (Online) & 20B (Tauranga)
An introduction to the rich field of social and cultural geography with links to the UNDP Sustainable Development Goals. A foundation paper for second year papers on contemporary cultural geographies, health geographies, and Maori geographies.
SOCIO101Introduction to Sociology20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper prepares students for further study in a range of social science subjects. It introduces the main sociological theories, concepts and practices that enable an understanding of contemporary societies.
SOCPY100Introduction to Social Policy20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
This paper examines the values behind social policy and introduces students to some of the important issues and debates in New Zealand and other democratic societies.

200 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
ENVPL202Cartography and Spatial Analysis20A (Hamilton)
This paper is the second year component of the GIS stream in Geography; it balances technical skill developments and critical analyses in urban and environmental planning.
GEOGY209Health, People, Place20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper draws on critical analysis of health, people and place to introduce contemporary developments in socio-cultural geography. Attention is paid to spatial well-being at a range of scales.
POPST201Population Studies20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Online)
This course provides a comprehensive introduction to the multidisciplinary field of Population Studies. Students will develop a sound understanding of the demographic drivers of population change and composition, while exploring some of the rich theories and methodological approaches which comprise Population Studies.
PSYCH211Understanding Psychological Research20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
This paper will cover the basic methodological approaches relevant to psychological and social science research, including research design, data collection, data analysis, and the dissemination of research.
SOCPY200Social Policy and Social Issues20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
The paper continues the study of social policy at 200 level. The focus of this paper is on the welfare state, the policy cycle as well as social problems, such as poverty.
SOCPY201Social Policy, Families and Children20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper further develops students' theoretical understanding of social policy, while focusing specifically on policy related to families and children, providing insight into the relationships between policy and lived experience.

300 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
GEOGY301Disasters and Development20B (Hamilton)
The paper explores linkages between disasters and development. Case studies on disasters in developed and developing countries highlight the complex intersection of development, disasters and survival.
GEOGY309Gender, Place and Culture20A (Hamilton)
This paper is a forum for debate in feminist geographies of difference. Key concerns are intersections between gender, ethnicity, nationality and other social divisions in relation to place and environment.
GEOGY328Geographical Information Systems20A (Hamilton), 20A (Online) & 20B (Block - Tauranga)
This paper is the third year component of the GIS stream in Geography; it provides students with technical skills in the use of GIS as well as critical analysis of applications in both physical and human Geography.
POPST300Population Studies Work-related Project20X (Hamilton)
This work-related project is mostly a university-based project with a focus on a workplace or community organisation relevant to population studies and research. Projects provide an opportunity to students utilise population studies skills and techniques and to reflect on the relevance of disciplinary knowledge in a professional se...
POPST302Exploring Population Change20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Online)
This paper applies methods for measuring population size, composition and change, which are used extensively for understanding population issues in public policy, human resource planning, forecasting and business planning.
POPST390Directed Study20A (Hamilton) & 20B (Hamilton)
Research paper with a focus on a population studies topic as agreed in discussion between the student and proposed supervisor.
SOCPY300Social Policy20B (Hamilton) & 20B (Tauranga)
This paper provides students with experience of the ways in which policy is formulated and enacted. Theoretical perspectives are consolidated and extended to enhance opportunities for employment in the social policy field.
SOCPY301Health, Wellbeing and Policy20A (Hamilton) & 20A (Tauranga)
This paper provides a critical introduction to key issues in the formation of health policy at both a national and international level.

900 Level

Code Paper Title Occurrence / Location
POPST900Population Studies and Demography PhD Thesis20I (Hamilton) & 20X (Hamilton)
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Subject links

National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis (NIDEA)


Subject Requirements

Full requirements for Population Studies as a single major, part of a double major, or a minor subject are available in the Catalogue of Papers.


Contacts

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences:
Phone: 0800 800 145 or +64 7 838 4040
General and Undergraduate Email Enquiries: pops-fass@waikato.ac.nz